What is the Divorce Process in Oregon?
If you are facing the end of your marriage, you probably have many questions about the divorce process. Although there are several components to a divorce, understanding what to expect from the process can make you feel empowered to make informed choices with confidence. Let’s take a closer look at how the divorce process typically unfolds in Oregon.
Initiating a Divorce
Like many states, Oregon does not need either spouse to cite a specific reason for pursuing a divorce. As a “no fault” divorce state, Oregon simply requires one spouse to file a petition for dissolution of marriage, alleging “irreconcilable differences.” Once filed, your spouse will receive a notification that a divorce has been requested, and, once the recipient has been notified, the process officially begins.
A spouse served with divorce papers has thirty days to respond in court or retain an attorney. If you are served with divorce papers, it is important to consult as soon as possible with a knowledgeable divorce attorney who can help you understand your rights and obligations in the divorce process.
Decisions Made During Divorce
Dissolving your marriage involves many factors. Each step of the divorce process is designed to resolve a particular aspect of your marriage, ensuring that both partners can move forward individually with all the necessary pieces in place. As you negotiate the terms of your divorce, you will consider the following: who receives legal custody (decision-making authority) of the children; the residential schedule for your children; who will pay child support; how much child support will be paid; who will cover the cost of any outstanding debts; how you will divide up your assets, including property; whether one of you will pay alimony to the other, and how much; and other relevant decisions.
Exploring Your Options
While some divorcing couples, especially those embroiled in bitter and hostile battles, choose to pursue a divorce in court, there are other options available for legally ending your marriage. If you and your spouse are able to communicate in a civil manner, you may wish to consider a collaborative divorce or mediation, where you can negotiate the terms of your divorce and ultimately agree on them for the judge’s final approval. If possible, these options enable couples to feel a greater sense of peace and confidence about the process, as they maintain a sense of control over the final outcome.
For more information about the divorce process in Oregon, reach out to the dedicated team at Lee Tyler Family Law, P.C. today at (503) 233-8868.